The Cookie and the King

They call Carlos Carrasco “Cookie” in Cleveland, because he has a sweet tooth. He had a real sweet game on Wednesday, coming within one pitch of a no-hitter. He’s now 10-6 after getting bonked on the chin with a line drive in his second start of the season, and could be–with his electric arsenal–turning into a late-blooming marquee MLB pitcher.

The big man from Barquisimeto had a dominant run in August and September last season; for five weeks he was probably the best pitcher in baseball. Melky Cabrera’s liner off his chin had no long-term repercussions, it seems, and this week the team formerly known as the Devil Rays of Tampa suffered at his hand–or his powerful right arm, which snaps off deadly curveballs as well as 98 mph heat.

It might very well be big Arkansan Dallas Keuchel of Houston who starts the All-Star Game for the American League–at 10-3 and 2.06 it’d be hard to argue against that—but you have to believe the Cookie will be joining his countryman Felix “King” Hernandez on the junior circuit’s pitching corps in Cincy next week.

And this just in–Maracay-born righty Anibal Sanchez of Detroit threw a  no-hitter for 7 1/3 Friday against Toronto, but the wheels came off in the eighth inning, when he was charged with four runs. Ezequiel Carrera had the kind of game which perhaps has made him a journeyman player–two throwing errors from left-field to help the Tigers build a 6-0 lead, but then he’s the guy who breaks up Anibal’s no-no in the eighth. Insult to injury–Caracas-born catcher Dioner Navarro doubled in three runs for the Jays in the same inning. Nonetheless, that’s a nice 5-game winning streak for Sanchez going into the break; after a weird first half featuring a complete-game shutout, his records stands at 7-7.

Scary news for the Tigers on Friday as Miguel Cabrera strained his calf muscle on a hit-and-run play early in the game. (He’d already had two hits and notched his 900th RBI with Detroit at that point.) How much time baseball’s best hitter will miss is unknown at this point–an MRI is scheduled.

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